Due to rain, cooler temperatures, and high relative humidity, fire activity remains low. Crews in the Power’s Garden area will be pulling back, but cabins will remain wrapped with fire resistant material. Work areas will be combined and in the next few days resources will be downsized. Crews working on the southeast corner will continue to prep High Creek for a contingency line. Yesterday, no aerial water drops were conducted due to the amount of rain received. Crews will continue to be available for initial attack if lightning occurs in the region with forecasted thunderstorms.
In the coming days, the fire will continue to smolder and smoke may be seen. Crews will complete rehabilitation of containment lines while others will patrol the fire perimeter.
An Oak Fire information station has been set up at Walmart, 755 S. 20th Avenue in Safford. It will be staffed Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Today will be the last day
• Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest, Safford, Arizona
• Start Date: 6/17/2014
• Size: 13,920 acres
• Cause: lightning
• Objectives: Provide for public, firefighter and aviation safety. Prevent fire from spreading to private lands and protect historic structures. Contain the fire within the National Forest boundary in the Galiuro Mountains. Manage this natural ignition fire to improve wildlife habitat; improve range and watershed conditions; and improve forest health. Minimize fire severity impacts to threatened and endangered species habitat (i.e. Chiricahua leopard frog, Mexican spotted owl). Maintain buffer zones adjacent to Chiricahua leopard frog habitat. Utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) when conducting fire management operations in the Wilderness.Work with media to provide the public timely and accurate information.
• Percent Contained: 25%
• Resources Assigned: Wildland Fire Module (skilled 8 person hand crew); 2 Hotshot crews; 2 Type 2 hand crews; 2 Engines; 6 Helicopters; air attack platform; single engine air tankers available, used as needed
• Closures: The closures have been modified: The southern line of the closure area begins at the Forest boundary on High Creek Road (FS 159) at T10S, R21E, Sec. 17, SE and following this road to the High Creek Trail and thence west to Sunset Peak. From Sunset Peak continuing west to Kielberg Peak and the Forest boundary at T10S, R19E, Sec. 9, SW. The closed area is all National Forest System lands north of this line. This closure was enacted to allow firefighters unrestrained access and to protect the public.
• Fire Weather: Weather conditions will be similar to yesterday with light northwesterly winds in the morning becoming westerly by the evening. Isolated showers occurred last night and continued isolated afternoon thunderstorms are forecasted for today and tomorrow. Strong and erratic gusty winds are possible near associated thunderstorms.
• Fire Behavior: With the seven day forecast calling for elevated humidity and chances of precipitation, the fire behavior will be decreased over the next several days. Nighttime humidity recovery is predicted to be very good as well. Fire behavior will stay subdued for the majority of the forecast period. When the sun hits the areas that have some heat remaining, there may be increases in activity for short periods in the late morning or early afternoon. Strong and gusty outflow winds could aid in the increase in activity in the afternoon as well.